Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this simple and commemorative craft. Each child’s hand silhouette signing “I love you” holds a red foam heart. A penned in heart felt message and some easy framing work results in a memory that’s hang worthy!
- Red craft foam
- Heart cookie cutter (optional, but makes life so much easier!)
- White cardstock
- Pink cardstock
- Stencils for lettering (optional)
- Black permanent marker
- Glue or tape (double-sided tape works well for this craft)
Have a hand tracing party. Trace kids’ hand prints onto white card stock or have the kids trace their own.
Or have the kids trace each others. (This was the most fun!)
Press a small heart shape cookie cutter onto a piece of red foam until it forms a heart outline. Note: This is way easier than having to trace the hearts.
Cut out the white hand prints and red foam hearts. Or have the kids cut out the hearts. Note: If the hands are going separate ways or have pencil marks from being traced just flip them over to the other side.
Fold the middle two fingers of each white card stock over the red foam heart. Note: It doesn’t matter which hand or side of hand is displayed. I prefer to have both hands be the same, i.e. both right hand tracings.
Find a cookie cutter or template within which the largest of the white card stock hands can be placed.
Fold a piece of pink card stock in half and trace the large heart shaped cookie cutter from the previous step onto the page. Draw an identical line parallel to the outside of the left side of the heart. Using a small piece of paper, measure the distance from the parallel line you drew to the nearest side of the heart. Then use that paper to create a line inside, equidistant, and parallel to the opposite side of the heart.
Cut out the heart shape.
Cut out the segment formed from the line drawn parallel to the left hand side of the heart. Then separate the heart shapes.
Using the guiding points created with the pencil, trim the second heart and retain the right hand side segment.
Arrange and assemble the pieces on a piece of white card stock. I prefer to use double sided tape. Note: Cutting a piece of double sided tape length wise works well to attach the fingers to the foam heart and the thinner heart segments to the white card stock back drop.
Add some stenciling and this is suitable for framing or fold in half and create a card. To create the front of the card place and trace the cookie cutters or templates used to make the hearts. Write the desired message inside the larger heart using a permanent marker. Have the kids color the hearts as desired.
This is a fabulous way for parents and kids to work together to give something special for Valentine’s Day. Ours is destined for Grandma!
This craft was inspired by Craft Crafted and their Father’s Day Hand Print Card. The version we created for Father’s Day last year turned out so nicely that instead of folding it into a card, we framed it and hung it above the door’s entrance. Daddy loved it and I’m looking forward to the challenge of repeating it with our new addition, making it three little hands. I may have to upgrade to canvas or poster board 🙂
I sincerely look forward to seeing the Valentine’s Day cards you create!
I can’t wait to see your designs!